Helena Milner-Smith helps clients navigate international HR-legal compliance issues. Her practice includes implementing global employment contracts, policies and codes of business conduct, managing multi-country reviews and projects, advising on the employment aspects of large-scale corporate reorganisations, handling disciplinary and grievance matters and dismissals, and negotiating settlement agreements. She has successfully defended clients in the UK employment tribunal. Ms. Milner-Smith has also gained valuable in-house experience while on secondment at three large multinational corporations, including a pharmaceutical company.
A fake ‘Rolex’ sold from a website in China is delivered to Denmark The case began in January 2010 when Danish resident Mr. Blomqvist purchased a ‘Rolex’ watch from a Chinese online shopping site. The order and payment were made through an English version of the website. The seller dispatched the watch from Hong Kong. … Continue Reading
In August we explored the move in New York to extend the protection of certain child labor laws to child models (under the age of 18). You can read more here. This week, the bill (S.5486) was signed by Governor Cuomo and has passed into law with significant impact for the fashion industry, particularly in … Continue Reading
Since our blog post on the UK Government’s crackdown on the use of un-paid interns, there have been further developments regarding the National Minimum Wage (“NMW”) scheme. In October 2013, restrictions will be stripped back making it easier for an employer who breaks NMW law to be publicly named and shamed. Under the current scheme, the Pay … Continue Reading
Earlier this week, CovBrands blogged about prospective changes to New York law, which would give increased protection to models under the age of 18. In the UK, young models are protected by regulations that apply to child performers under age 16. The regulations require a special licence to hire a child to participate in any … Continue Reading
Since Apple launched the first iPhone in 2007, the popularity of smart phones and tablets has sky-rocketed. These devices, with their sleek design, touch screens and easy access to a myriad of entertainment options, have fast become the preferred method of communication for executives. In recent years, a growing number of companies have allowed employees … Continue Reading
Companies are increasingly recognising the benefits of using social media to increase brand recognition and consumer loyalty, thereby boosting sales and profitability. Many consumers follow brands online for news of product launches and special offers. One way of maximising a brand’s social media presence is to involve employees. In the Cosmetics industry, Estée Lauder implemented … Continue Reading